Chelsea and Arsenal were both handed tough groups in Monday’s UEFA Women’s Champions League
If Chelsea are to escape from Group A they will have to finish above either Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG are two-time runners-up in the Women’s Champions League, while Chelsea came second in 2021.
Nine-time champions of Albania, KFF Vllaznia Shkoder, are also in Group A.
Arsenal won the Women’s Champions League in 2007 but they will be underdogs when they meet Lyon, who have lifted the trophy eight times since 2011.
Lyon are the favorites to go the distance again, but Barcelona are also strongly fancied.
Barcelona, who lost 3-1 to Lyon in last season’s final, are in Group D with Bayern Munich, Rosengard and Benfica.
Group A: Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid, Vllaznia
Group B: Wolfsburg, Slavia Prague, St Polten, Roma
Group C: Lyon, Arsenal, Juventus, Zurich
Group D: Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Rosengard, Benfica
Chelsea are out of action this week as the players attend their international duties for the first time this season, and UEFA have used the time to seed this year’s Champions League group stages.
There are a total of 16 teams including the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona and holder’s Lyon who are joining the Blues this campaign, but only three will meet them in Group A.
Who will Chelsea face?
Emma Hayes’ side have been placed into a group alongside Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Albania’s Vllaznia.
Chelsea played PSG most recently in the quarter-finals of the 2018/19 campaign, and they managed to earn their spot in the semis with a 2-0 home victory and a 2-1 away defeat putting them through on goals scored.
There is less of a history between the two remaining opponents but Real Madrid’s Caroline Weir will make a return to England having previously played for Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, and will be looking forward to clashing with Scotland teammate Erin Cuthbert.
When are the matches?
Matchday 1: 19/20 October
Matchday 2: 26/27 October
Matchday 3: 23/24 November
Matchday 4: 7/8 December
Matchday 5: 15/16 December
Matchday 6: 21/22 December
Being placed into a group of death a year after bombing out at the same stage, wouldn’t have exactly been on Hayes’ wish list, but maybe it’ll provide the boost her squad needs to finally bring home some European success.
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